Azra Akın

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Azra Akın
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Azra Akın
(1981-12-08) 8 December 1981 (age 32)
Almelo, Netherlands
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Turkey 2002
(Winner)
Miss World 2002
(Winner)
Miss World Europe 2002

Azra Akın (born 8 December 1981) is a Dutch-Turkish model and actress. She is a beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss World 2002 and Miss Turkey 2002.

Biography[edit]

Azra was born in Almelo, Netherlands, to Turkish parents. Her father (Nazım) and mother (Ayda) emigrated from Turkey to the Netherlands in 1922. Azra Akın has one younger sister called Doruk.[1] In 1998, at the age of 17, Akın was selected Elite Model of Turkey; she then participated in the Europe Elite Model competition in Nice, France where she reached the final 15. She continued modelling in Germany for the German catalogue Otto.[1]

In 2002, Azra won Star TV's Miss Turkey. Thus, she represented Turkey in the Miss World beauty pageant which was held on December 7, 2002 at Alexandra Palace, London, which she also won.[2][3] Akin accepted the tiara and $156,000 prize from the previous year's winner Agbani Darego.[4][5] During her reign, Akın travelled to the United Kingdom, Turkey, the United States, New Zealand, Ireland, Jamaica, Australia, China and many more countries.

In 2002, Two of the "Big Four" international pageant winners come from dominant Muslim countries: Džejla Glavović, who won at Miss Earth,who won Miss International 2002, and Azra Akın of Turkey, who won Miss World 2002.

In 2003, she won a gold medal when she participated in the British reality TV show The Games.[6][7]

In 2004, Akın modelled for the postcards of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 which were shown before each song. In 2010, she won on the TV dance show Yok Boyle Dans, the Turkish version of Dancing With the Stars.

Akın speaks fluent Dutch, Turkish and English.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2010 PesPese Pelin (Completed)
2006 İlk Aşk Bahar
2005 Teberik Şanssız Fulya
2004 Anlat İstanbul Pamuk Prenses

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Muck Elif TV series
2009 Ayrılık Firengiz Babayev TV series
2009 Ah Kalbim Herself TV series
2008 Rüzgar Leyla TV series
2005 Barend en Van Dorp Herself TV series
2004 Nationaal songfestival Herself TV series
2004 Yağmur Zamanı Eylül TV series
2003 The Games Herself TV series
2003 Mr. World 2003 Herself TV series

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sabah News. "Birinci olmak beni değiştirmedi". Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  2. ^ Star Gazete. "Star‘la star oldular". Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  3. ^ Hello Magazine. "Turkey's Azra Akin wins Miss World". Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  4. ^ The Turkish Times. "Miss Turkey Wins Miss World Competition". Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  5. ^ BBC (2002-12-07). "Miss Turkey Wins Miss World". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  6. ^ The Guardian (2003-08-01). "Channel 4 lets The Games begin". London. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  7. ^ UK Game Shows. "The Games". Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tuğçe Kazaz
Miss Turkey
2002
Succeeded by
Tuğba Karaca
Preceded by
Nigeria Agbani Darego
Miss World
2002
Succeeded by
Republic of Ireland Rosanna Davison